House of Commons
International Bagpipe Day
EDM #287
Tabled 11 March 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House recognises International Bagpipe Day on March 10, a day initiated by the Bagpipe Society to celebrate the diversity of the world’s bagpiping traditions and promote this historic instrument to new players around the globe; notes that over 130 different kinds of pipes are played worldwide, with the earliest pipe carvings reported on Middle Eastern Hittite Stones dating from 1000 BC; celebrates the vibrancy of bagpiping traditions across Scotland with talented local pipe bands such as Glencorse in Midlothian making sure this distinctive and powerful sound continues to inspire audiences across the generations; and supports calls for a bagpipe emoji to be established on social media sites to recognise the universal appeal of this ancient, iconic instrument.